Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services Goes Virtual

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Systems integrator, Blue Chip, has won a virtualisation contract with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services (HFRS) to ensure the emergency service body meets its ‘business continuity’ compliance requirements.

Blue Chip implemented VMware’s vSphere4 server virtualisation solution to enable the fire service to move, manage, store and restore its critical data and servers with ease, while reducing their server count from 8 to 2.

This solution enables copies of critical information to be moved to other parts of the organisation to ensure business continuity, regardless of disaster.

In addition, HRFS have also experienced other benefits, such as reduced power consumption, reduced server management time and reduced management costs.

Neil Moore, Head of ICT at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service comments, “I am delighted that we’ve been able to take a significant step towards meeting two of our corporate aims, reducing both our carbon footprint and energy consumption – in partnership with Blue Chip. Blue Chip demonstrated a clear understanding of our business requirements and their open approach meant that we were able to work together to refine the virtualisation solution to maximum effect.”